Israel’s rhythmic gymnast out after qualifiers in Rio
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Israel’s rhythmic gymnast out after qualifiers in Rio

Neta Rivkin scores poorly in two of four rotations, dropping her hoop and ribbon

Israel's Neta Rivkin competes in the individual all-around qualifying event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL)
Israel's Neta Rivkin competes in the individual all-around qualifying event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL)

Israel’s Neta Rivkin failed to move past the qualifying rounds in the individual all-round rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

Her final total score of 69.223 was not enough to earn her a place in the top 10.

Rivkin performed well in the first rotation, the ball, earning a score of 17.866 and landing herself the sixth spot out of 26.

But she dropped the hoop and the ribbon in the next two rotations, scoring 17.041 and 16.783 respectively. Her final score of 17.533 for the clubs rotation was not enough to push her through.

Israel's Neta Rivkin competes in the individual all-around qualifying event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX)
Israel’s Neta Rivkin competes in the individual all-around qualifying event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Thomas COEX)

In an interview with the Hebrew-language Walla news website two weeks ago, Rivkin called rhythmic gymnastics a sport “that takes you to the brink of your abilities.”

Israel's Neta Rivkin competes in the individual all-around qualifying event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL)
Israel’s Neta Rivkin competes in the individual all-around qualifying event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL)

“Let’s just say that most of what we do is stuff the human body is not meant to be doing,” she said. “Every element of every exercise requires thousands of rehearsals to reach perfection, and then you still continue practicing it.”

Israel's flagbearer Neta Rivkin leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN)
Israel’s flagbearer Neta Rivkin leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN)

Rivkin, 25, described her grueling training, saying that “full time employment for a person in an office is 180 hours a month. I train for 270 hours, and then it is all funneled to 90 seconds of performing.”

The gymnast noted in the interview that she was one of just three Israeli athletes who made it to the Olympics in her field. She also competed in the Olympics in London in 2012, where she finished seventh overall.

Rivkin carried the Israeli flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics, leading the country’s record-breaking delegation of 47 athletes participating in 17 sports.

Israel has so far claimed two medals in the 2016 Games, with judokas Or Sasson and Yarden Gerbi both winning a bronze.

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